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Larry Jaffee

BIO

'Hunky Dory': The Kids Are Alright

Larry Jaffee | Posted May 2, 2012

The new Welsh film Hunky Dory, which premiered last night in London, doesn't exactly tackle unchartered cinematic territory. Didn't Sidney Poitier back in 1967 in To Sir, With Love cover the idealistic high school teacher seeking to set working-class youths in the right direction upon their graduation? American contributions to...
John J. DeGioia

BIO

On Civility and Public Discourse

John J. DeGioia | Posted May 2, 2012

Rush Limbaugh's remarks about Sandra Fluke, following her respectful and sincere testimony, can only be described as misogynistic, vitriolic, and a misrepresentation of the position of our student. In our vibrant and diverse society, there always are important differences that need to be debated, with strong and legitimate beliefs held on all sides of challenging issues. The greatest contribution of the American project is the recognition that together, we can rely on civil discourse to engage the tensions that characterize these difficult issues, and work towards resolutions that balance deeply held and different perspectives. We must return to the values that hold us together.
Larry Benet

BIO

Lessons Learned From the Babe Ruth of Relationships

Larry Benet | Posted May 2, 2012

You didn't have to be a very important person in the world for my mom to be your friend. Her value and respect of all people were built from love.
Olivia Lovenmark

BIO

Living Your Best Life

Olivia Lovenmark | Posted May 2, 2012

Offer advice that has someone else's best interests at heart, not yours. In my experience, many young women give their girlfriends advice, particularly that which relates to the love life, and it reflects on their current situation rather than on their girlfriend's situation.
Chris Weigant

BIO

Friday Talking Points -- A Look Back

Chris Weigant | Posted May 2, 2012

Welcome to the 200th Friday Talking Points! Because of this occasion, we are going to take a look backwards at our history. So, if you're looking for an update on what is going on in the political world, you'll have to wait until next week. Sorry.
Dennis Santiago

BIO

FDIC Bank Closures: The Devil Remains Down in Georgia

Dennis Santiago | Posted May 2, 2012

The FDIC closed another bank in Georgia this week bringing the total to three so far in 2012. Global Commerce Bank in Doraville became the latest casualty of the bank clean up's march through the South.
Scott Mendelson

BIO

Review: Confusing and Unengaging, John Carter Makes Avatar Look Like, Well... Avatar.

Scott Mendelson | Posted May 2, 2012

Andrew Stanton's John Carter is neither the next step in grand-scale franchise filmmaking nor an unmitigated disaster. I appreciated the sheer weirdness of the prologue, while in turn wanting the film to 'just get on with it.'
Rocco Staino

BIO

Lorax Leads Way for Product Endorsements by Kid Lit Characters (SLIDESHOW)

Rocco Staino | Posted May 2, 2012

The Lorax has opened the way for a flood of other characters from children's literature to become product spokespeople. Here are a few that may be in the works.
Mary L. Gray, Ph.D.

BIO

Stop Blaming Dharun Ravi: Why We Need to Share Responsibility for the Loss of Tyler Clementi

Mary L. Gray, Ph.D. | Posted May 2, 2012

Rallying to punish Dharun Ravi does not do justice to Tyler Clementi's life, nor does it move us one step closer to preventing another young person from turning to suicide. The politics of blame are a dead end. Instead, we need to build out an ethos of shared responsibility.
Conchita Sarnoff

BIO

Florida House Bill to Implement Harsher Penalties on Human Trafficking

Conchita Sarnoff | Posted May 2, 2012

On Friday, February 24, 2012, CBS online reported how Florida "is taking stricter action against" human trafficking.
Eric Stromer

BIO

Antique New Furniture

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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With a few simple (and fun!) techniques, you can transform a new piece of furniture into an aged beauty. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281904"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('');
Roger Luc Chayer

BIO

Effondrement du système de santé au Québec: Urgence!

Roger Luc Chayer | Posted May 2, 2012

Tous les signaux sont réunis au Québec, en 2012, pour en venir à la seule conclusion possible, le système de santé s'est effondré dans ses fondements les plus élémentaires comme l'accès universel et l'État persiste à le cacher. C'est la profonde conviction exprimée par André V. (qui souhaite garder l'anonymat) quant à son aventure avec le système de santé québécois.
Eric Stromer

BIO

Build a Storage Bench for Toys

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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If you're a parent, chances are you need help controlling chaos and clutter. Build a storage bench that can double as seating. It's inexpensive, fun, creative and easy! var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281896"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('
Eric Stromer

BIO

Build Your Own Backyard Beach Sandbox

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Create an escape for your children with a backyard sandbox. It's fun, creative, and easy to do with these simple instructions. Try one today! var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281905"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('
Eric Stromer

BIO

Build Your Own Picnic Table

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Dining outdoors is always a lovely experience for the family. Why not try building your own picnic table? With these step-by-step instructions from our expert, you'll be able to master this task in no time. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281888"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) {...
Eric Stromer

BIO

Build Your Own Swing Set

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Fun for the whole family, a tree swing makes a lovely addition to the backyard. With the right tools and wood, you can build one that will last a lifetime. Learn how here. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281885"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url +=...
Eric Stromer

BIO

Become an Expert Painter

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Join us for painting 101. We've got everything you need to know about prepping and painting a room in just a few easy steps. To start, move all of your furniture to the center of the room. Then you can begin! var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281907"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {...
Eric Stromer

BIO

Create a Home Office

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Do you have an awkward nook in your home that you aren't quite sure what to do with? Consider transforming it into an efficient work space with these great ideas. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281889"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } }...
Michele Velazquez

BIO

Is Proposing On The Internet OK?

Michele Velazquez | Posted May 2, 2012

I am all about being innovative, thinking outside of the box, and keeping up with the times. But I do not think that proposing on the Internet is appropriate. It really does take away from the intimacy of a proposal.
Eric Stromer

BIO

Create Storage Space in Your Garage

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Traditionally, garages are so poorly organized that homeowners can't park their cars where they're meant to be parked. Learn how to clean it up and get it organized with these smart solutions to a super-cluttered space. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281855"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package)...
Eric Stromer

BIO

How to Build a Christmas Tree Pedestal

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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A Christmas tree can be the focal point of room during holidays. Why not prop it up on a pedestal on display, while creating room beneath it for presents? var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281862"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('
Lucas Van Rompay

BIO

Honoring The Extraordinary Religious History Of The Syrian City Of Homs

Lucas Van Rompay | Posted May 2, 2012

Homs' history helps us understand that rather than being a passive victim, Homs is once again serving as an engine of change, as it has time and again in the past.
Eric Stromer

BIO

Construct a Fireplace Mantel

Eric Stromer | Posted December 1, 2012

Don't spend big bucks for a beautiful mantel shelf. Make your own! Try using clear pine that you can stain. It's easy to do and looks beautiful over a fireplace. Get all the information, including fire safety, here. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281886"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;...
Eric Stromer

BIO

How to Build a Wood Storage Box

Eric Stromer | Posted December 1, 2012

Sometimes, a pile of loose firewood can be an eyesore next to an elegeant fireplace. Consider building a beautiful wooden storage box. There's one secret to doing it right. Get it here. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281856"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package;...
Eric Stromer

BIO

How to Create a Home Theater Atmosphere

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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No media room is complete without great lighting. With track lighting that you can control with a dimmer, you can create ambiance and enhance the picture on your television. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281860"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('
Eric Stromer

BIO

How to Hang a Plasma TV

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Hiring someone to install a plasma television can be expensive. Consider doing it yourself with our expert's advice, and instructions, guaranteed to help get you through the process. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281865"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('
Sarah McGiven

BIO

Weekend Shopping: The Tracksuit Trend With Exclusive Styling Ideas From Fellow Adi-Fan, Alexis Knox

Sarah McGiven | Posted May 2, 2012

This weekend I'm tracksuit shopping - old school Adidas tracksuit shopping, to be specific. I'm going all out for the classic three-stripe, totally man-made matching numbers that made such a lasting impression on me when the likes of Run DMC popularised them in the mid-1980s and have been sneaking into my wardrobe ever since.
Lisa Paulon

BIO

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: The Line-Up

Lisa Paulon | Posted May 2, 2012

This week was what it's all about: bands, DJs, solo artists and more bands. Running a music festival can sometimes seem about everything except music - the form-filling, the meetings, the co-ordination, people management, marketing, budgets, promotions and millions of emails. Ultimately, though, the hard work you put into these things is aimed at creating the best festival line-up and punter experience.
Tom Oldham

BIO

Graham Coxon in Photo Self-Shoot Shocker

Tom Oldham | Posted May 2, 2012

So for all the wonderful privileges that being the in-house photographer for The Fly magazine brings, the greatest challenge for me is constantly coming up with new ideas for shoots to best represent the huge array of fantastic musical artists the title constantly features.
Jorn Tomter

BIO

Pedro is More Than Boxing!

Jorn Tomter | Posted May 2, 2012

I have been photographing the Chatsworth Road area in Hackney, London, since 2007, but decided to turn it into a more expansive project after the riots last summer. The project aims to honour and celebrate the people of the neighbourhood, giving locals a face and a voice.
Labrinth

BIO

Behind the Smoke and Mirrors...

Labrinth | Posted May 2, 2012

I'm playing KOKO as one of the last dates of my tour... and needless to say my first big solo gig in my hometown is extremely nerve wracking. I need to pull out all the stops and deliver - and make everyone proud!
Kevan Roberts

BIO

Number One Band in Heaven

Kevan Roberts | Posted May 2, 2012

Whenever a famous singer or musician dies it's only a matter of time - occasionally even before the price of the artist's back catalogue has been jacked up on iTunes - until someone is marvelling at the thought of the dead star rocking out as part of some celestial supergroup in the afterlife.
Martin Middlebrook

BIO

Diary from Kabul - Mosquitos and Bacon!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted May 2, 2012

In Afghanistan, officially of course, you can't get pork, as officially you can't get a drink, *hiccup* but of course it is available. But here is the rub, you find yourself eating bacon that could have been stripped from a rat, a small, infected rabid rat at that. It bears no resemblance to any bacon I have ever eaten.
Trevor Neal

BIO

Me, Greggs and Dead Man's Shoes

Trevor Neal | Posted May 2, 2012

I've always found shoes a bit stressful. Buying them. Wearing them. Cleaning them. Finding a perfectly comfortable, hard wearing, stylish pair of shoes is a rare and wonderful thing. It's probably a hangover from my childhood.
Kate Nustedt

BIO

Join Me On the Bridge for International Women's Day

Kate Nustedt | Posted May 2, 2012

A few years ago, the Country Directors for Women for Women International in Congo and Rwanda were crossing the bridge that connects their two countries. The last 100 years have been about getting the vote and women in the west making many strides towards equality, though there is a long way to go. We don't want it to take 100 years, but we are now calling for all women to be equals - whether it's in parliaments, the boardroom and, in war-torn countries, on peace councils.
Matthew Pennycook

BIO

The Problem of Low Wage Work Runs Far Beyond Workfare

Matthew Pennycook | Posted May 2, 2012

The recent furore surrounding the UK government's work experience programme has centred somewhat narrowly on the rights and wrongs of large corporations benefiting from free youth labour.
Dr Linda Papadopoulos

BIO

Sport Relief Mile - The Charity Running Event for People Who Hate Running

Dr Linda Papadopoulos | Posted May 2, 2012

I already survived a 5K run a couple of years earlier when a charity that I'm a patron for asked me to run on their behalf. As much as I hated being over-taken by the vast majority of OAPs in attendance, there was a part of me that did feel a sense of accomplishment when it was all over.
Greg Jenner

BIO

It's Time Dr Starkey Got The Chop

Greg Jenner | Posted May 2, 2012

The nation is blessed with many exceptional historical minds, and it would be surely a better thing to call on expertise when relevant to a particular subject, and substitute Dr Starkey for a less aggressive scholar when looking for broader historical analysis.
Brodie Smithers

BIO

Stuart Hogg: The Latest Rugby Star to Emerge From the Scottish Borders

Brodie Smithers | Posted May 2, 2012

Scottish Rugby fans have had little to cheer about in the Six Nations so far this year. The northern hemisphere's flagship tournament has seen the Scots post three losses from three games.
Nina Kelly

BIO

Making a Stand: Million Women Rise Against Domestic Violence

Nina Kelly | Posted May 2, 2012

Thousands of women will stop traffic on London's most famous high streets this weekend. And, for once, we're not there to shop; instead we're marching down Oxford Street and Regent Street with Million Women Rise calling for an end to the scourge that is violence against women.
Eric Stromer

BIO

How to Replace an Exterior Door

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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When your front door is full of cracks, or the laminant has worn off, and it's simply beyond repair, it's time to replace it. This isn't something you need an expert to do. You can conquer this challenge yourself. Learn how! var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281861"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {...
James S. Gordon

BIO

Amazing Graces: Days Two, Three, and Four

James S. Gordon | Posted May 2, 2012

The loss of life here in Jacmel is far less than in Port-au-Prince but the burden is still heavy. There are of course the ordinary deaths that come with age, and the losses of younger people cut down by accident, sudden illness, or murder.
Eric Stromer

BIO

Replacing a Broken Window

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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The bad news: broken windows are common. The good news: they're not so difficult to fix! You don't have to replace the whole window either. All it takes is one hour of your time and the right tools. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281884"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;...
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

BIO

Honoring Lost Loved Ones In Your Ceremony

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted May 2, 2012

It is traumatic to lose a loved one at any time, but when this happens close to your wedding day, it can be devastating and disorienting. There many ways to lovingly acknowledge your loss while maintaining the spirit of the occasion.
Kinne Chapin

BIO

Fear of Missing Out

Kinne Chapin | Posted May 2, 2012

Next time you feel ill-equipped for an evening out, shut out the FOMO in your head and listen to reason. Turn off your phone, shut your computer, and do something purely for yourself without checking to see what your friends are doing without you.
Joel D. Hirst

BIO

Vice President Biden's Message to Honduras Should Be "We're Sorry"

Joel D. Hirst | Posted May 2, 2012

Far from helping the tiny nation of Honduras, the Obama Administration's policies have exacerbated a tenuous situation.
Peter Robert Casey

BIO

2012 NBA All-Star Weekend a Social Media Success

Peter Robert Casey | Posted May 2, 2012

When you combine a wildly popular league with a corporate culture of embracing technology and engagement, only one question remains: How social will the 2013 NBA All-Star Game be?
James Kwak

BIO

Fiscal Affairs: Democrats and the Bush Tax Cuts

James Kwak | Posted May 2, 2012

If the tax cuts were bad a decade ago, what has changed since then (for now, leaving aside cyclical issues)? We have had one more decade of aging and health care inflation (and war), so the long-term budget outlook looks considerably worse.
Ronnie Citron-Fink

BIO

Julianne Moore's Garden and 6 Ways to Prevent Air Pollution in Your Garden

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted May 2, 2012

Gardens in full bloom need constant maintenance. How do you keep your outdoor space well tended, and also keep the garden air clean?
Deni Carise

BIO

Keeping Alcohol in the Spotlight: 6 Facts

Deni Carise | Posted May 2, 2012

Cocaine, heroin and now prescription drugs continue to occupy the headlines -- as indeed they should -- but alcohol deserves the same attention. Our nation's alcohol problem may not seem as scandalous, but it's just as serious.
Mark R. Collins

BIO

SXSW Preview: Awesome New Republic Gives the Inside Scoop on Miami

Mark R. Collins | Posted May 2, 2012

Awesome New Republic (ANR) is a Miami-based rock band that will make you think differently about what's coming out of South Beach.
Nikolas Kozloff

BIO

Global Intelligence Gate: From Confessions of an Economic Hit Man to the Stratfor Corporation

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted May 2, 2012

Internal e-mails emanating from within the Stratfor intelligence firm continue to embarrass and shame the Corporation after John Perkins' telling Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.
John Carr

BIO

Internet Hotlines: Time For a Change?

John Carr | Posted May 2, 2012

Child abuse images, or child pornography as it is still more commonly known in many jurisdictions, are one of the signature crimes of the internet. From the first realisation that the internet was being used in this way in many countries around the world the internet industry, children's...
Graeme Keeton

BIO

Fairtrade Cambridge: Coffee, Rugs and Ethical Wedding Rings

Graeme Keeton | Posted May 2, 2012

When you think of Holland, you probably think, too, of windmills, clog dancing and cheese. The tourism board knows it, for sure, but one association that you have probably never made, is that of the Dutch and the Fairtrade movement.
Jacoba Urist

BIO

How Financially Fertile Are You?

Jacoba Urist | Posted May 2, 2012

By the time you feel ready to get serious about your money, it may be too late to make up for lost ground. And there are no medical breakthroughs when it comes to retirement or building an adequate nest egg.
James Peron

BIO

The Threads of Justice That Bind Us All

James Peron | Posted May 2, 2012

The words that Hans Scholl said as he was being led to guillotine should remain our inspiration: "Long live freedom." The fight for freedom is one fight, no matter who fights it, no matter where it is fought, no matter the circumstances.
Brandi Megan Granett

BIO

We Got Played: Why Co-Parenting Sucks

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted May 2, 2012

Divorce means you aren't married any more. But it doesn't mean you aren't parents anymore. You both still carry the charge to protect and raise up this life you created to the best of your ability.
Simon Johnson

BIO

Fiscal Affairs: Making the United States More Like Greece

Simon Johnson | Posted May 2, 2012

If you cut taxes, revenues will fall and deficits will increase. If you change the CBO's scoring process to hide this fact -- as is under consideration by leading Republicans -- you are engaging in exactly the same sort of deception that brought down Greece.
James Sanders

BIO

Black Style in a Box

James Sanders | Posted October 11, 2012

As of late it's been a trend of sorts for some publications and blogs to write about black style as if it's a new trend to be satirically sketched and critiqued. As an African-American fashion writer -- I'm over it.
Jon Sherman

BIO

"On Account of Race or Color": A New Front Opens in the Fight Against Wisconsin's Voter ID Law

Jon Sherman | Posted May 2, 2012

It's a crime to disfranchise anyone, but this just seems particularly cruel. Fear not, though -- help is on the way for Eddie: He just has to pay hundreds of dollars to amend his birth certificate in court.
Jason Salzman

BIO

The Colorado Secretary of State's Problem with Numbers

Jason Salzman | Posted May 2, 2012

Since day one in office, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler has had a number of problems as well a problem with numbers, as in figures.
Liz Glover

BIO

Ice Cube Weighs in on Obama's Musical Performances

Liz Glover | Posted May 2, 2012

Eric Stromer

BIO

Replace Old Floors With Tiles

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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If you've got an unsightly old linoleum floor, don't despair. Laying tile over the old floor is all it takes! Learn how to do it, complete with the right safety information, straight from our expert. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281895"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) {...
Eric Stromer

BIO

Design Your Own Headboard

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Create a personalized and beautiful headboard for your bedroom. It's easy, fun to do, and really inexpensive! Learn how here. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281892"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('');
Eric Stromer

BIO

How to Make Your Own Outdoor Fire Pit

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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If the idea of roasting marshmallows around a fire is your idea of a great night, why not install a fire pit in your yard? With the proper safety precautions and the right tools, it's something you can do yourself. Really! var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281858"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {...
Tawfik Shehata

BIO

The Evolution of Non-Stick Cookware

Tawfik Shehata | Posted May 2, 2012

We've come a long way from using turtle shells to boil water and wrapping food in leaves to "roast it." Not many metals can be used for cookware, they must be able to conduct heat well, but they must be chemically unreactive so they do not alter the flavour of the food. Non-stick fills a niche in our pot rack.
Eric Stromer

BIO

How to Build a Raised Vegetable Garden

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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A raised garden bed makes allows for more nutrient-rich soil because you have more control over the soil that goes into it. Learn how to create one yourself with these smart, and easy steps. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281869"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url...
Tom Venuto

BIO

What the Latest Research Says About Watching TV and Getting Fat

Tom Venuto | Posted May 2, 2012

"Watch less TV" is common popular advice for losing weight. The reasons why seem pretty straightforward and intuitive: The first thing you think of is that most people easily eat more in front of the TV. Second, watching TV is totally sedentary time.
North by Northwestern

BIO

The Contraception Debate: Where My Ladies At?

North by Northwestern | Posted May 2, 2012

This is not a question of whether Catholics want to use birth control. This is a question of who has the right to debate what goes on in my uterus.
Eric Stromer

BIO

Refinish Old Furniture

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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If your old furniture is tattered with water stains, burn marks and other signs of age, here is how to salvage your beautiful piece. There's one key secret to caring for old furniture though. Do you know what it is? Find out here. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281913"; if (typeof(commercial_video) ==...
Harry Kresky

BIO

A Twisted Tale of Partisan Politics

Harry Kresky | Posted May 2, 2012

A strange case in Tennessee got my attention. Now it's before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, as the judges consider whether a political party has the right to overturn the results of a primary election conducted entirely in accordance with state law. Here's the background. Rosalind...
Rep. John Conyers

BIO

Critical Crossroads for Michigan's Emergency Manager Law

Rep. John Conyers | Posted March 16, 2012

I have suggested to Gov. Snyder that our state would not be well served by the partisan path of litigation concerning the emergency manager law. Unfortunately, the results of our dialogue thus far have not been promising.
Eric Stromer

BIO

Fix a Broken Toilet

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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A running toilet is irritating and can waste up to 40% of a household's water output. Try these easy instruction for fixing the problem now. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281891"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('
Carrie Wiatt, M.S.

BIO

National Nutrition Month -- Easy Tips to Lose Weight This March 2012

Carrie Wiatt, M.S. | Posted March 2, 2012

My basic principle is: Eat fewer calories than you expend from a wide variety of nutritionally powerful foods to lose weight and enhance energy and health.
Eric Stromer

BIO

Install a Ceiling Fan

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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With the installation of a ceiling fan you can offset winter heating bills by up to 10% and dissipate the need for air conditioning in the summer by 40%. Learn how to do it here! var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281866"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) {...
Guy Horton

BIO

The 2012 TED Prize and the Future of Cities

Guy Horton | Posted May 2, 2012

Ideas, large and small, can be wishes and in this case the ultimate wish is to empower citizens around the globe to engage in the decisions that affect and alter their environments, particularly in cities.
Eric Stromer

BIO

Install a Medicine Cabinet

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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An easy way to give your bathroom a fresh look without renovating the entire space is to change out the medicine cabinet. It seems daunting, but it's easier than you think. Get the information you need here. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281910"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if...
Jon Hinck

BIO

A New Course: Announcing Our Campaign for Congress

Jon Hinck | Posted May 2, 2012

This is no ordinary time. There is a lot at stake, and I am ready to meet the challenges presented.
Dr. Fran Cohen Praver

BIO

Changing the Blame Game

Dr. Fran Cohen Praver | Posted May 2, 2012

A common problem that married couples encounter is what I call the "blame game." By the blame game, I am referring to fights in which each spouse insists on being right and that the other is wrong.
Stacy Parker Le Melle

BIO

When the Me Speaks for We in Harlem

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted May 2, 2012

There are times we need leaders and artists to speak on our behalf: to witness and explain what we haven't articulated, to reveal the hurts that bleed us but may be hidden from us.
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.

BIO

Living in Shades of Grey: Anusara, John Friend and the Guru Syndrome

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. | Posted May 2, 2012

It's hard to read any yoga blog these days without coming across the lengthy, messy break-up currently unfolding in the Anusara yoga community following the disclosure of Anusara founder John Friend's, well, rather philandering ways.
Rachel Cosgrove

BIO

Suck It Up, You're Burning Fat!

Rachel Cosgrove | Posted May 2, 2012

Why is it that some days your motivation is high and it seems easy to get to the gym and eat healthy, and other days you have to fight yourself all day to stay on course?
Eric Stromer

BIO

Learn Wallpapering Tricks

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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No one said wallpapering was easy. It's essential to have the right tools and knowledge to work your way around a room properly without creating a mess. Learn the secrets and trouble-shooting solutions straight from our expert here. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281909"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;...
Catherine Despont

BIO

Alec Soth: Escape Artist

Catherine Despont | Posted May 2, 2012

If there is something lonely and frightening in these images, there is also something dream-like and remembered -- something fed by our own fantasies -- the desire for freedom and safety, the desire to provide for oneself.
Eric Stromer

BIO

Make a Lamp With Household Objects

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Don't spend money on a brand new lamp when you can make one yourself with items you've already got at home. With the right tools, you can create a beautiful home accessory for next to nothing. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281916"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package)...
Cole Hill

BIO

Waking Up Wall Street, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mob

Cole Hill | Posted May 2, 2012

This August, I lost my job. Losing a job isn't news, especially today, but this brought about your standard existential career crisis. Plus, telling my story this way is a lot more postmodern, and thus trendy, so just roll with me.
Eric Stromer

BIO

Make Your Garden Eco-Friendly

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Beautiful landscaping can make your home feel more inviting. With these simple tips, you will use less water, save money, and the environment all at once. Learn them here! var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281911"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('
Muhammad H. Zaman

BIO

Make Development Part of the Equation

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted May 2, 2012

With increasing globalization and loss of manufacturing in the U.S., it's high time we think about what our engineers of today and tomorrow should look like.
Eric Stromer

BIO

Organize Your Closet

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Get your closet in order! Try this smart solution to salvage your storage space. You'll wish you'd thought of it sooner! var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281912"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('');
Eric Stromer

BIO

Paint a Focal Wall

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Architectural detail often gets lost on a plain white wall. Use paint to create a focal point in a room, drawing attention to a wall's special details. Learn how here. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281890"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } }...
Douglas L. McSwain

BIO

Supreme Court Review of Health Reform: Will History Repeat Itself?

Douglas L. McSwain | Posted May 2, 2012

As Chief Justice Roberts famously testified in his confirmation hearing, the Supreme Court's function is to call "balls and strikes." So, some might ask, which is Obamacare: a strike or ball? Is the individual mandate constitutional or not?
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

BIO

Breast Implants: Why You Shouldn't Judge A Hairstylist By Her Cup Size

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted May 2, 2012

I sit in a salon chair with each one of those large breasts beside my two ears as Crystal stands behind me checking my current hair color under the light.
Eric Stromer

BIO

Put In Your Ceramic Tile Kitchen Backsplash

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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The area between the kitchen counter and beneath the cabinets, also known as a backsplash, can be tough to keep clean. By installing ceramic tiles, you can make your space beautiful, and simplify your clean-up time. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281887"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package)...
Eric Stromer

BIO

Re-Do Home Exterior for a Fresh Look

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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If you're thinking about painting your house, it's important to know that 80% of the work lies in preparation. Learn what you need to do here from our expert. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281906"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('
Eric Stromer

BIO

Replace Your Bathroom Sink

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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You've got a broken sink. Now what? Before you call a plumber, take a stab at it and try to repair it with these helpful solutions. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281908"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('
Eric Stromer

BIO

Replacing the Screen in Your Screen Door

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Maybe it was the kids or maybe it with the dog, but suddenly there are holes in the screen door. Relax! There's no need to replace the entire piece, simply swap out the screen. It's easy and much more affordable. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281859"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url...
Reid Cramer

BIO

Returning to the Nest Is Costly

Reid Cramer | Posted May 2, 2012

Since the Great Recession began, 7 million more Americans are living in doubled up arrangements. The trend for young adults was particularly dramatic.
Mary Kincaid

BIO

Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Clothing Finds (PHOTOS)

Mary Kincaid | Posted October 11, 2012

Be sure to check out the hip WWII uniform cap, the fabulous 1970s silk jacket, the mod Aaron Rubinstein Sterling Silver Necklace and the collectible Robert Redford magazine clutch. Which item is your favorite?
Eric Stromer

BIO

Speaker Placement and Installation

Eric Stromer | Posted October 11, 2012

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Set up a home theater system the whole family can enjoy complete with all of the essentials: surround sound, sub woofers, and more. var src_url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517281857"; if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") { src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category; if (commercial_video.package) { src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package; } } document.write('');
Steve Clemons

BIO

Note to Obama: Puffery and Pandering on Israel and Iran Are Not Strategy

Steve Clemons | Posted May 2, 2012

Israel, under Netanyahu's leadership, seems to want to drive a dynamic in which it demonstrates its power by compelling the president to attack Iran on its behalf. This is neither in Israel's real interests -- nor America's.
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